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Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A set with "modernity" as the title, but a batch of tracks that sound plenty old all the way through – mostly the kind of upbeat soul tracks that played big with the 60s mod scene in London! Yet this isn't the usual collection of mod classics – as the work here is very ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Chick Corea

Circling In
Blue Note (Japan), 1968/1970. 2CD
Groundbreaking early work from pianist Chick Corea – a set of unissued material that's very different than much of what he'd record during his later, more successful years! The set's especially noteworthy in that it features the amazing pairing of Chick and AACM reed genius Anthony Braxton ... CD (Jazz CD)
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A treasure trove of rare Ohio soul – served up by the folks at Numero, and with a cover that takes us back to a series of dodgy collections from the LA scene! Like the vintage East Side Story sets, the focus here is on mellow soul tracks that are perfect for late night, laidback listening ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992.
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s.
A wide-ranging set, and one that really gets at the influence of the music of Lou Reed over the years – as the collection brings together songs penned by Reed from back in the day, but which continue to get new handling by a variety of artists in more recent decades! As some folks know, Lou ... CD (Rock CD)
Soul Bank, 2021.
A smoking set of funk and soul put together by Craig Charles – once an actor, now a long-running DJ on the BBC – where his ear for a tune has made him almost as important as John Peel and Gilles Peterson! Craig's got a wide-ranging appreciation for all things funky – which comes ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977.
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra – maybe one of the only albums we've ever seen by this lesser-known vibist! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Lex, 2014.
A solid – and at the time, underappreciated – effort from Bishop Nehru and MF Doom – one we love even more with bit of time on its side! Doom is more or less focused on the production side on this one while the former handles the majority of the rhymes – and having arrived ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Something Weird/Modern Harmonic, 1960s. CD & DVD
A weird and wild collection of work that once graced the films of Doris Wishman – dubbed in the notes as the "pint-sized sleaze queen" of 60s nudist films – with an underground legacy that finally gets its due in this very cool package! The audio component is a mix of film ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Fraternity/Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Lonnie Mack's a hell of a guitarist, and one who never sounded better than on these early recordings for the Fraternity label – presented here in a a set that includes work from his famous album on Fraternity, plus some rare singles and other cuts too! Mack plays with a sense of focus that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Annette Peacock

Perfect Release
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974.
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Touch Sensitive (UK), Early 80s.
A really great collection of work – put together by one of the all-time great crate diggers – the mighty Cherrystones, a man who's introduced us to more great music over the years than we might care to admit! The package focuses on unusual cuts from the early 80s scene – work ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Stella Chiweshe

Ambuya (with bonus tracks)
Piranha (Germany), Late 80s.
Classic work from Stella Chiweshe – a set that gave mbira player Stella Chiweshe much wider exposure than some of her previous records, and a nicely bold sound to match! Stella sings lead vocals, and handles her instrument with amazing dexterity – and also uses a few other percussion ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Kosuke (Kohsuke) Mine

First
Philips/BBE (UK), 1970.
A tremendous first outing as a leader for Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – one of our favorite players of the 70s, already sounding wonderful here right at the start! The album's got a freewheeling vibe – not entirely avant, and maybe more in the modal territory unlocked by Miles ... CD (Jazz CD)

Annette Peacock

X-Dreams
Tomato/Sundazed, 1979.
Pretty wild stuff from Annette Peacock – almost a "no wave" record at times, with lots of quirky art rock overtones next to the jazz vocal stylings that are more of her typical bag. The album's got lots of heavy guitars from rockers that include Mick Ronson, Chris Spedding, and ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Nubiyan Twist

Freedom Fables
Strut (UK), 2021.
Nubiyan Twist really open up their sound here – in part by opening the door to a rich array of guest singers and instrumentalists – a lineup that includes Cherise, Pat Thomas, Soweto Kinch, Ria Moran, and Nick Richards – all artists who help bring a different personal flavor to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Sam Records (France), 1975.
Never-issued live material from one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – the mighty Billy Harper, a tenor saxophonist who took the initial legacy of John Coltrane, then really ran with it in the 70s! The album is stunning right from the very first note – a perfect encapsulation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Richard Thompson

Henry The Human Fly
Island (Japan), 1972.
Richard Thompson is relatively fresh out of Fairport Convention here, and while there are traces of that group in his solo music, it's also very clear that the set is the key to his long legacy to come! Thompson's guitar is much more upfront than before – really finding itself in both an ... CD (Rock CD)
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. 3CD
Three full albums from Atlantic Starr – with lots of bonus tracks too! All In The Name Of Love has Atlantic Star at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! ... CD (Soul CD)
Blue Note, 1964. Gatefold (reissue)
An unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
 



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